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Warm-Up: . The Outcast is another archetype often used in literature and films. This character is often physically deformed or flawed in some other way. He/she often lives in exile (away from other people). They may either be good or evil.

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Warm up
Warm-Up:

The Outcast is another archetype often used in literature and films. This character is often physically deformed or flawed in some other way. He/she often lives in exile (away from other people). They may either be good or evil.

Based on this definition which of the characters most fits the role of an Outcast:

A. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter’s best friend)

B. Peter Parker (Spiderman’s true identity)

C. The Hunchback (from the movie, 300)



Epic:

An epic is a long narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society.


Element 1
Element 1:

The hero is a great leader who is identified strongly with a particular people or society.


Element 2
Element 2:

The hero is charged with a quest.


Element 3
Element 3:

The hero is tested, often to prove his worthiness of the quest.


Element 4
Element 4:

Sometimes gods or other supernatural or fantastic beings take part in the action.


Element 5
Element 5:

The setting is broad and often includes supernatural realms, especially the land of the dead.


Element 6
Element 6:

The cycle must reach a low point (a “fall”) where the hero nearly gives up his quest or appears defeated. He may actually have a “death scene.”


Element 7
Element 7:

  • A resurrection.

  • May not be an actual/literal “coming back to life” but a renewed drive or willingness to complete the quest.


Element 8
Element 8:

Restitution: The return of something back to it original condition.

-- “And they lived happily ever after . . .”


Epics are
Epics are . . .

  • Told in medias res (“in the middle of things)

  • Begins in the middle of the action.

  • Uses flashbacks to give any needed backstories.


Epics often
Epics often . . .

  • Concern eternal human problems such as the conflict between GOOD and EVIL

  • Written or told on a grand scale and often in ceremonial style


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